Aoyama Gakuin University
AboutNatsuki Suzuki teaches several public elementary schools in Tokyo and is on the cusp of being awarded her master’s degree from the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University. She researches the type and nature of motivation that is most effective for supporting children’s successful learning, both in the classroom and beyond. Her research interest also includes storytelling, music and magic as ways to teach, inspire and make children smile.
Teaching Younger Learners Fostering Young Learners’ Confidence and Love Toward Learning English more
Sun, Nov 14, 12:45-13:45 Asia/Tokyo
The early stages of young learners’ education have the potential to form a solid foundation for children’s lifelong English language learning, so there is a need to research learners’ attitudes and motivation. This presentation reports on research examining the motivation among Japanese children learning English at a public elementary school. 195 3rd and 4th graders were surveyed about their learning experiences in order to better understand their preferences and attitudes towards lessons, activities and materials.
Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Perspectives on Accessible Language Learning in the Post-pandemic Classroom more
Sun, Nov 14, 12:45-14:15 Asia/Tokyo
The move to online learning forced teachers to reconsider their pedagogies and how to provide equal educational opportunities for all learners. The virtual classroom created both challenges and opportunities for accommodating diverse needs. This forum provides a platform for discussions regarding accessible language learning in the post-pandemic classroom. Topics include special needs, learner diversity, universal design, and accessible LMS pedagogies. The goal is to raise awareness of learning differences and build an accessibility support network.
Teaching Younger Learners Reflecting on Relationships in the Changing Classroom more
Sat, Nov 13, 12:45-13:45 Asia/Tokyo
The main goal of language learning is undoubtedly social. We all have a strong desire to connect with others in meaningful ways, sharing experiences, exchanging information, or collaborating. Apart from language skills, connecting with others in meaningful ways requires intrinsic motivation, self efficacy, social and emotional intelligence and other traits or states that make up interpersonal competence. This presentation discusses key issues affecting relationship building and communication through storytelling, collaborative video projects, and interactive presentations.